Remember the story of the two prayers, one a tax collector and the other a Pharisee?
The Pharisee took his stand ostentatiously and began to pray thus before and with himself: God, I thank You that I am not like the rest of men—extortioners (robbers), swindlers [unrighteous in heart and life], adulterers—or even like this tax collector here. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I gain.
But the tax collector, [merely] standing at a distance, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but kept striking his breast, saying, O God, be favourable (be gracious, be merciful) to me, the especially wicked sinner that I am! (Luke 18:11-13, AMP)
WHY DID JESUS TELL THIS STORY?
He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves and were confident that they were righteous [that they were upright and in right standing with God] and scorned and made nothing of all the rest of men. (Luke 18:9, AMP)
WHAT WAS THE OUTCOME?
I tell you, (the tax collector) man went down to his home justified (forgiven and made upright and in right standing with God), rather than the other man; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted. (Luke 18:14, AMP)
BEWARE OF THINKING YOU ARE BETTER THAN SOME ELSE!
Prayer – Oh God, you know I’ve been thinking I’m better than lots of people in lots of ways. Forgive me I beg you and help me to change my attitude. Amen